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Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng/BEng(Hons)

Qualification Attendance UCAS code Year of entry
MEng 4 years full time H428 Clearing 2018
2019
MEng 5 years full time including sandwich year H429 Clearing 2018
2019
BEng(Hons) 3 years full time H430 Clearing 2018
2019
BEng(Hons) 4 years full time including sandwich year H427 Clearing 2018
2019

Important: if you are an international student requiring a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you will need an ATAS certificate if you wish to apply for the Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng course. Read further information.

Once you have completed the Aerospace Engineering Foundation Year (UCAS code H408), you can transfer on to the Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology BEng(Hons), dependent on satisfactory grades.

Why choose this course?

These courses are ideal if you are interested in the design, construction and operation of aircraft but would like to extend your study of aerospace engineering beyond the atmosphere and up into space. Both degrees are accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society as leading to chartered engineer (CEng) status.

Course ranking

The course scored 93% for academic support in the 2016 National Student Survey.

What you will study

Year 1 is common across all our chartered engineer status degrees. It provides skills and knowledge required for further study. Subjects include mathematics, electronics and thermodynamics and engineering applications, alongside an introduction to the engineering profession. You will examine the engineering challenges of robotic and human spaceflight (including practical rocketry), and get hands-on experience with real space hardware.

Year 2 introduces topics such as aerodynamics, propulsion, structures, dynamics and materials, and further study of mathematics, electronics, control and computing. You will investigate the demands of space flight and the benefits of using the space environment, covering the definition, analysis and uses of orbits, trajectories and atmospheric re-entry. You will study
the functional analysis of spacecraft and their payloads and space dynamics, and will carry out a practical design exercise involving rockets. There will also be an industrial visit and guest speakers from industry.

Year 3 includes a module on space vehicle design. This is divided into critical support functions for space missions, core spacecraft subsystems, mechanical systems and an introduction to space mission design. Core lectures will be enhanced by industry visitors and tours to space companies. You will also carry out an individual research project. BEng students will take part in a group design project similar to the MEng students and get hands-on experience with real space hardware.

In Year 4 of the MEng degree, you will continue to deepen and broaden your expertise and undertake a major group design project. A specialist Space Mission Analysis and Design module will cover the design, cost, logistical and operational implications of space missions.

How we work with professional bodies

Royal Aeronautical SocietyThe Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and satisfies, in full, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

The Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology BEng(Hons) course is accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society and satisfies, in part, the academic requirements for Chartered Engineer (CEng) registration and in full, Incorporated Engineer (IEng) registration.

Find out more about the full criteria and validity for Chartered Engineer (CEng) status and Incorporated Engineer (IEng) status.

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This degree has been accredited by the Royal Aeronautical Society under licence from the UK regulator, the Engineering Council. Accreditation is a mark of assurance that the degree meets the standards set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC). An accredited degree will provide you with some or all of the underpinning knowledge, understanding and skills for eventual registration as an Incorporated (IEng) or Chartered Engineer (CEng). Some employers recruit preferentially from accredited degrees, and an accredited degree is likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Please check the Engineering Council website for more information.

Aerospace Engineering, Astronautics & Space Technology MEng/BEng(Hons) student projectsFor his final-year project, Jack James Marlow created a modular rocket test system that's the only bi-propellant system available for students in the UK.

Find out more about the projects our students have done on this course.

Module listing

Please note that this is an indicative list of modules and is not intended as a definitive list. Those listed here may also be a mixture of core and optional modules.

Year 1

  • The module introduces the student to basic aerodynamics, aircraft systems and propulsion using the Kingston Learjet aircraft to provide a frame of reference. Students on the Aerospace, Astronautics and Space Technology routes (Astro students) will be introduced to the essential differences between space engineering and its environment, and aircraft and aerospace engineering.

    The module starts by introducing the International Standard Atmosphere and basic aerodynamic terms, followed by basic discussion of the theory of flight, stability and lift augmentation. The ATA systems covering general construction, layout and operation of aircraft systems and components will be covered.

    The module then introduces typical Gas Turbine and associated system architecture before concluding with broad coverage of the Aerospace Industry, its Regulation, Licensing and Accreditation, while Astro students will be introduced to the space environment and history of spaceflight, illustrated with examples from UK, European and international space missions in place of certain aircraft specific (eg. ground handling) teaching.

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  • This module introduces the students to the fundamentals of thermofluids (thermodynamics and fluid mechanics) and solid mechanics (statics and dynamics). The thermofluids section of the module covers the key concepts of system, work, heat and the main thermodynamics laws (zeroth, first and second laws) with special reference to their engineering applications. This section also introduces the main equations of fluid mechanics and dynamics, dimensional analysis, properties of fluids and their measurement methodology and units. The solid mechanics section provides an understanding of the behaviour of particles and rigid bodies whilst stationary and in motion. Bodies under equilibrium are studied and the external and internal parameters such as force, moment, stress, strain etc. are defined, derived and used for problems solving. This section also introduces kinematics and kinetics/dynamics of particles and rigid bodies with their engineering applications. The module is primarily delivered through lectures supported by tutorials sessions and laboratories. Course materials will be available on Canvas.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe the fundamental properties of a fluid, use correct unit, property tables and charts. State and apply the zeroth, first and second laws of thermodynamics to engineering problems.
    • State the basic equations of fluid mechanics, explain the concepts of pressure, temperature and measurements methods.
    • Describe laminar and turbulent flows and apply continuity, momentum and energy equations to fluid flow.
    • Determine the external and internal forces and moments in simple structures under equilibrium and carry out one-dimensional stress analysis of engineering components in tension, compression and bending modes.
    • Carry out kinematics and kinetics analysis of dynamic systems with constant and variable accelerations.
    • Apply Newton's laws and energy method to engineering components in motion modelled as particles and rigid bodies.

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  • This module introduces the basic concepts from electrical and electronic engineering, using analytical methods. The module embeds a solid foundation in engineering mathematics which is then conceptualised to find solutions to engineering problems. An introduction to basic programming skills applied to engineering problems is also included.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Apply simple principles, laws and theorems to the analysis of electrical and electronic circuits.
    • Describe characteristics of electrical systems, electronic devices and electronic instruments including key concepts such as amplification.
    • Apply basic programming skills to simple engineering problems and demonstrate appreciation of importance of programming in engineering.
    • Perform calculations using matrix algebra, trigonometry and complex numbers.
    • Use calculus to solve engineering problems.
    • Use statistical methods, including probability to an engineering problem.

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  • This module aims to develop competence in the application of the fundamentals of engineering design to a given specification including the manufacture and testing of that design. The module provides an understanding of the structure and synthesis of a broad range of engineering materials, their test methods, structure, implications for manufacture and the control of these structures to produce optimum performance in service. The design part of the module will develop skills in engineering drawings and computer aided design (CAD) and solid modelling together with an introduction to the fundamentals of material science.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Produce and interpret engineering drawings in accordance with international standards.
    • Demonstrate proficiency in the use of solid modelling technologies in the design and development of products.
    • Describe and apply the engineering design process from specification through to design optimisation.
    • Apply a knowledge of molecular structure, crystalline structure and phase transformation to identify different types of materials and to describe their range of properties and applications.
    • Describe the characteristics of a range of common engineering materials including the various failure modes and provide simple analysis using appropriate analytical tools such as the concept of fracture mechanics.
    • Identify and describe common engineering manufacturing processes.

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Year 2

  • On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Perform fundamental calculations appropriate to the design of aerospace vehicles.
    • Examine the trade offs which arise in aerospace vehicle design and make appropriate design decisions.
    • Work in and lead a small team.
    • Communicate results of design investigations in design reports.
    • Apply project management techniques to simple projects including the use of appropriate software.
    • Carry out economic assessments using discounted cash flow methods and calculate project return rates.
    • Define and analyse orbits and trajectories, carry out functional analysis of spacecraft, develop an understanding of space dynamics and apply this knowledge through practical design exercises.

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  • This module deals with advanced electronic systems and concepts from classical control, including feedback control systems and analysis of their response and the effects of the feedback loop. A range of engineering programming tools are used to model and analyse the performance of engineering systems, enabling learning of the functionality of control analysis and design software.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Analyse a range of electronic systems including operational amplifiers based circuits and digital signal processing systems.
    • Design a modern digital system.
    • Construct models of engineering systems and design appropriate controllers and use formal methods to determine system performance (including step and frequency response analysis).
    • Employ computational methods in modelling and simulation of engineering control systems.
    • Design computing algorithms, implement and verify for accuracy and efficiency, using a high level computing language and use structural techniques that aid the understanding of given programming implementations.
    • Apply appropriate analytical techniques and methods to solve classical electronic and control problems.

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  • This module reinforces the students prior knowledge of statics, materials and dynamics and introduces topics of particular relevance to aerospace studies. The module includes further work on the analysis of beams, materials used in aerospace such as composites and develops the students understanding of vibration theory as well as application of dynamics of particles and rigid bodies in aerospace. Topics such as Bredt-Batho theory and aircraft dynamic performance and stability and Finite Element application in static and dynamic analysis of structures are also introduced. The module is primarily delivered through lectures and practical laboratory sessions and is supported by tutorials. Course materials are available via Blackboard where appropriate.

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  • The module as a whole draws upon the learning experiences of Modules ME4011 and ME4012 and provides further learning more specifically required for the potential aerospace engineer. The basics of aerodynamics and aerospace propulsion are introduced with a view to provide the ability to analyse, formulate and solve elementary problems. This is underpinned by covering the mathematics required for the BEng/MEng Aerospace Engineering course. The mathematics side of the module is taught in the context of the solution of engineering problems.

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Optional sandwich year: MEng and BEng(Hons)

Year 3/4

  • This module builds on the introduction to space engineering given in levels 4 and 5 to give a detailed understanding of space vehicle design, broken into core (eg. power) and mission enhancing (eg. propulsion) subsystems. This is not intended to enable students to carry out detailed design of effective space missions, which requires a graduate level course, but will provide (a) a thorough understanding of the challenges of space engineering, (b) a toolset, reference material and confidence to tackle future design problems they may face, and (c) an understanding of the context for space engineering to avoid the classic engineering mistake of reinventing the wheel. Context will be provided by will be done by reference to a number of past UK, European and International space missions.

    The module aims to allow students to understand design challenges and specify requirements for core spacecraft subsystems including power, environment, TTC, orbits, and data handling. Mechanical subsystems in particular spacecraft structures, propulsion, thermal, and attitude control and their differences from aero or aerospace vehicles are covered. The student knowledge and skill base on rocket launcher design and critical support functions for space mission including operations, and systems engineering are addressed. Basic concept and solution procedures for problems such as spacecraft subsystem and orbit selection and sizing, supported by commercial package such as satellite toolkit will be carried out.

    The module is primarily delivered through lectures, computing labs and tutorials for problem solving experiences. Periodic guest lectures and workshops using industry experts will take place. 1-2 industrial visits to spacecraft subsystem manufacturers will be offered. Additional support materials are available on Blackboard.

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  • This module gives you an opportunity to work as a member of a design team on an aerospace design project. It also further develops your broader understanding of the business context of engineering activities. It will develop a set of skills and techniques which will prepare you for employment.

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  • This module is a core module in the Aerospace Engineering BEng programmes and forms a 'capstone' experience for the course. This major project is undertaken throughout the final year of the BEng programme, allowing the students to research and study in depth a topic in aerospace engineering which is of personal interest, allowing students to demonstrate the ability to analyse, evaluate, appraise, show organisational capability and communicate.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Initiate project work by conducting a critical literature survey and setting realistic project goals and milestones.
    • Conduct regular project meetings to discuss and evaluate new ideas and to review progress against deadlines.
    • Present information and defend arguments both orally and in the form of a poster-style display.
    • Structure a report in clear English providing a description of work undertaken, a synthesis of the data collected and present a logical discussion of the processes, results and conclusions.
    • Produce project work commensurate to a BEng standard always being aware of your personal and professional responsibilities.

    Recent project titles in space engineering have been:

    • Hybrid rocket lab operation and safety assessment.
    • Materials for Mars rovers.
    • Liquid oxygen hybrid rocket engine.
    • Design and build of a small bhipropellant rocket engine.
    • Development of a trajectory analysis tool for a small satellite launch vehicle.
    • Use of pressure sensitive paint for aerospace vehicle analysis.
    • Hypersonic Waverider aerodynamic investigation.
    • Measurement of thrust steering or vectoring in a small hybrid rocket engine.

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  • Choose between the following two modules:

    • This module extends the analysis of aerodynamic and propulsive systems with a view to provide the ability to design and evaluate aerodynamic loadings on aerospace vehicles as well as propulsion systems. The module aims to extend the knowledge and skill base of solving aerospace engineering problems with advanced analytical approaches using computational fluid dynamics and Matlab programming.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Analyse, formulate and solve advanced problems in sub-sonic and supersonic aircraft aerodynamics.
      • Analyse, formulate and solve advanced problems in aerospace propulsion.
      • Develop mathematical model for aerospace engineering problems via 'formulation-analysis-interpretation-assessment' cycle approach.
      • Design and implement computer programmes and user graphic interface based on software platform to solve engineering problem.
      • Understand the principles of computational fluid dynamics and basic numerical techniques of solving partial differential equations.
      • Use CFD software to model and solve engineering flow problem related to aerospace such as aerodynamics, propulsion, heat transfer.

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    • This module aims to extend knowledge of the analytical techniques applicable to aerospace structures and the function of structural components.

      The multifaceted discipline of materials technology with a focus on fracture and fatigue analysis is presented along with finite element analysis of typical aircraft structures. In addition, the module provide an understanding of aircraft dynamic stability, structural dynamics and aero-elasticity.

      On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

      • Analyse failure of materials using fracture mechanics.
      • Predict materials behaviour under fatigue loading.
      • Analyse aerospace structures using finite element methods.
      • Solve matrix equations for natural characteristics and forced response of structures. Apply modal testing and MATLAB to solve eigenvalues problems.
      • Determine the aircraft longitudinal and lateral dynamic stability modes of motion.
      • Evaluate static and dynamic aeroelsatic effects on typical aircraft structures.

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Optional sandwich year: MEng

Year 4/5

  • The module is designed to provide you with the research skills and techniques necessary to select and justify a research topic, plan project execution, use various resources to carry out a literature search and successfully complete the project and other module assignments on the course. It further develops your knowledge and skills in business and management, with a particular focus on entrepreneurship and innovation. It supports you in producing proposals for enterprise ideas such as new products or services, or innovations in existing processes or organisations. Concepts of total quality management to enhance quality of products and processes in an industrial setting are presented and application of supporting quality tools and techniques are discussed.

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  • This module aims to develop a good understanding of the challenges of space engineering, a set of tools and reference to tackle future design problems. Building on the previous space vehicle design module it is intended to provide experience at space mission (compared to space vehicle) analysis and design. A space mission in addition to space vehicles comprises instruments and platforms, launch vehicles, orbits and trajectories and groung segment plus user interfaces.

    On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

    • Describe and apply the space mission and analysis design process.
    • Analyse major space mission drivers such as propulsion, low cost and science / instrumentation payload hosting.
    • Perform payload and spacecraft design and sizing.
    • Define mission operations and space business plan.
    • Prepare proposals for funding, scientific papers and industry briefing papers.
    • Develop and implement a space experiment.

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  • The MEng Group Design Project is a module which runs throughout the final year of all of the MEng programmes in the School of Aerospace and Aircraft Engineering. It provides a capstone element to the course by providing an opportunity for students to work on a major engineering design problem in a team in a way which closely parallels a real-world project. The groups are assigned to a particular project which has an outline project description/specification/customer requirements provided by the teaching team. It is group's job to develop the specification in more detail, to convert it to a technical specification and then carry out the tasks necessary to complete the project. This module provides an opportunity for students to further develop academic skills delivered earlier in the programme. In order to successfully complete the module, the student must establish a plan and work schedule, perform the technical tasks necessary to fulfil the plan, monitor progress, manage the team activities, hold and minute formal team design meetings and resolve any problems that arise. The module is delivered primarily through weekly formal design meetings and regular informal meetings.

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  • This module is designed to develop the student's ability to apply a systems engineering approach to the analysis of aerospace systems. This will enable them to develop systems that are robust and able to respond to customer's needs. It will also ensure that they understand the full life cycle of aerospace systems and the associated costs.

    This module emphasises a variety of systems engineering techniques which are explored through case studies. These techniques can also be used in the group project module.

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You will have the opportunity to study a foreign language, free of charge, during your time at the University on a not-for-credit basis as part of the Kingston Language Scheme. Options currently include: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

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